This is a great book about the writing life. Being a freelance writer myself, I can empathize with Betty Jane Wylie’s message. We do have a smaller market than the US here in Canada. Canadian publishers are very selective as to what they publish, and they have to be. This is usually because they are much smaller and don’t have as much money. So, they need to know that a book will sell before it is given a contract. This reality can make it very frustrating for new authors who are trying to break into print.
However, despite this, I think the writer’s life is the best life ever. Who wouldn’t want to write? It is nurturing and encouraging. I also love the research aspect of writing. I love waking up every morning and going into my study across the hall and write and research for a few hours.
Publishing is a different process. It is difficult to get published regardless of where we live. But writing is still the most wonderful vocation that there is and Wylie brings this idea home to writers.
Rating: 5+ stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth
Author and Editor